The systematic application of Lean or Continuous Improvement principles is a proven technique to strengthen businesses. Unfortunately, it's not a simple plug-and-play model. It requires a mindset that may include a cultural shift for your business.
We are in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It's an exciting development -- a transformation unlike any that has come before. "Industry 4.0" is the name that some organizations use to refer to the adoption of technology related to this Fourth Industrial Revolution, but does that name help companies understand the role that these technologies can play in their systems?
Everyone is having a hard time finding the skilled labor they need. One solution is to build that skilled labor from within your company. Apprenticeship programs are an investment in your employees, your community, and your future.
The word “agility” is most often associated with movement, such as in sport or dance, referring to moving quickly and easily. A second definition relates to the ability to think and draw conclusions quickly. Both definitions come together in business when complex systems and the dynamics of real-time interactions play out.
A process is defined as a series of actions or steps to achieve a desired outcome. Any business or organization relies on many processes to produce their products or services. Manufacturing, in particular, has been honing these sets and subsets of instructions to produce the highest quality products in the most efficient manner at the lowest cost for decades. The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent disruption to most of the norms that manufacturers have relied on to achieve economic growth and financial gains, has been enormous and painful.
As manufacturing consultants, we hear a lot about Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), digitization, the "factory of the future." Internet-enabled technology is being harnessed throughout manufacturing to increase productivity through a variety of mechanisms including data analysis, and interlinking systems. But are small manufacturers being left out?
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Businesses and employees are facing an unprecedented time of uncertainty, instability, and stress. Business leaders have a lot to think about and plan for, in addition to possibly having to shift gears completely to stay afloat. And there isn’t the luxury of time for reviewing data or strategic planning; leaders must be decisive in the moment about all aspects of their business.